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Blogger Fail: And Some Bridesmaids Gifts
March 30, 2010, 8:33 pm
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So, apparently I am a horrible blogger, and by that I mean that I don’t always remember to take pictures of items that require pictures, such as my bridesmaids opening gifts.  But let me at least tell you about how I decided to buy the gifts.  So, I decided to take a little bit of a different stance on the bridesmaid gift thing.  I wanted to treat the gifts like they were a birthday or Christmas present that I chose specifically for the person for whom I was giving it to.  I chose 6 very different girls to join me on my special day and I wanted to get them each something that made me think of them. 

However, I was a little concerned that someone would see a gift that I purchased for someone else and wish they received that instead, which can still happen since not all of the girls have opened theirs yet.  But, I spent about the same amount on each of the gifts, so at least it’s fair in that regard, and I really did put a lot of thought into each of them. 

Now, if you’re wondering why only some of the girls have received their gifts, that’s because I wanted to give them each their gifts one on one, and so far I’ve only been able to do that with two of them, so those are the gifts you all will get to see.

So, for bridesmaid Kim, she’s a classic kind of girl and I wanted to get her something that represented that, so I went to Tiffany’s and thought about earrings or a necklace, but decided that earrings were the better bet:

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Then, for bridesmaid Amy, she is a sunglass girl through and through.  I’ve known her for six years and she has owned more pairs of sunglasses than I can even remember, but she really loves them, so I knew that I needed to get her a pair of rocking sunglasses:

 

 

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Luckily, after they opened their gifts, I revealed to them what I got the others, and they each said that they still would have chosen the gift they received.  So, that’s a good sign. I can’t wait to reveal the other gifts to you all and the bridesmaids!

Did you decide to get everyone the same gift, or did you get them all something unique?



My Final Few Nights as a Bachelorette
March 29, 2010, 8:58 pm
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Phew!   My bridesmaids and brother Fro Yo’s girlfriend put together the most amazing bachelorette weekend ever, and I wanted to tell you all about it yesterday, but my head was pounding and I needed a day to recover.  Well, I’m recovered and ready to spill the deets. 

We started out with a delicious brunch made by bridesmaid Sydney:

Then, we headed to a gorgeous house on Lake Austin:

With an awesome infinity pool:

And hot tub:

After spending some much-needed time relaxing by the pool, we got ready to go out, and I opened some fabulous new lingerie:

Then, we headed downtown for some food and drinks, but without the condom laden veil or the sash:

There was dancing:

(don’t ask what I’m doing, I don’t know)

And more dancing:

And kisses for my sister:

And then a long cab ride home with a much-needed stop at Whataburger, but I’ll spare you (and myself) the pictures of that. 

I had such a great time, and couldn’t have asked for a more perfect bachelorette party!  Thanks, girls!

What did you do for your bachelorette party?  Was it what you hoped for?



What’s in a Name?
March 28, 2010, 7:22 pm
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So, I was thinking about this the other day- I really wish my wedding dress had a cool name like other dresses that I hear about.  “Oh, I’m wearing the Marisa” or, “I’m wearing the Lola”  Is there one named Lola?  I have no idea, but if there was, it would be way better than my dress which is named 1900.  Yep, 1900.  I get that it’s practical and it’s probably the stock number, but why couldn’t Mr. Casablanca (I’m assuming it was he who made the decision to name my dress) get a little more creative?

Don’t take this post to mean that I’m not in love with my dress, I assure you that I am, BUT, I think I would love it even more if it had a catchy, cool girl name.  Perhaps something Moroccan?  Maybe Laila, Zahra or even Amina.  It’s like anything with a great name, I want it.  Or if they have shoes or dresses named Kelsey (my name) I am automatically drawn to them. 

How cool would it be if you fell in love with a wedding dress that shared your name?  It would be like it was made specifically for you without that custom price tag, like this dress:

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Sigh.

Anyway, just a suggestion Mr. Casablanca, please don’t take offense, I truly do love your work.



Nervous Tummy?
March 24, 2010, 8:28 pm
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So, I was sitting at work and 9:30 rolled around.  9:30 is the normal time that my stomach is grumbling and ready for my mid-morning snack.  I always have an apple or some sort of fruit on hand in preparation for this time.  However, today 9:30 passed without that grumbly tummy.  Then, 12:30 came, still no grumbly tummy.  What the heck is going on??   Oh, right, nerves and butterflies.

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I know they always say that you start to drop weight as you get closer and closer to your wedding.  Although this has not been the case for me, I can see now why this happens to people.  I’m so freaking anxious right now that I can’t even eat!  I know this will pass, and maybe today was a particularly stressful day for me, but wow, the butterflies are constant! 

There is nothing in particular that I’m stressing about, I think it’s just the big giant thing on the horizon that I’ve been planning for over a year and is about to take place.  How can I not be nervous?  Of course I know things will go wrong (and hopefully no one will notice), and I will have an amazing day, but I can’t help but feel a wee bit anxious about it.  There are projects that aren’t finished, decisions to be made, and checks to be cut.  But, I do find some comfort in the fact that after all of this, even if things go wrong, I will still be happily married to Mr. Fro Yo, and that’s a great feeling.

Anyone else start to get that nervous tummy?



RSV…huh?
March 23, 2010, 8:08 pm
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This RSVP thing has been wonderful and terrible all at the same time.  I’ve opened quite a few that I thought were going to be definite no’s (and marked appropriately in my spreadsheet), only to find out that these people I assumed would not be joining us to celebrate, are coming after all.  Woo hoo!  But then, the reverse has been true as well.  People I automatically assumed would come; the people I couldn’t imagine not making it to the wedding, are not coming.  What? 

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While others are still using that RSVP as a coaster (I assume) because I haven’t heard one way or another from them. 

So how do I deal no’s that I thought would be there to celebrate with us?  I get sad, mad, cry, am shocked, and then tell myself to move on.  But before I move on, I categorize the no’s.  There’s the I totally understand why you can’t come group, and the wow, I can’t believe you aren’t coming and I don’t get it group.  Some of them wrote a note and I definitely understand why they can’t make it.  I’m sad they won’t be there, but I get it. 

Then others that chose to say nothing, have not called, emailed, or even texted to explain why they can’t make it; I don’t get it.  Maybe they’re embarrassed and don’t want to talk to me?   I’m not sure.  But, I will say that it’s hard to move on from those that have said nothing.   I’m really sad that these people (family) won’t be there. 

Were you disappointed by people who you definitely thought were going to be there but didn’t make it to your wedding?  How did you deal with it and move on?



All My Dresses
March 21, 2010, 8:31 pm
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For me, it wasn’t just about the wedding dress, it was about each and every one of the dresses I would wear to all the wedding activities.  Early in the planning process, I started scouting out dresses to wear even though I wasn’t exactly sure what purpose they would serve.  This might have been a little dangerous, but I don’t have a dress in my closet I haven’t found a purpose for yet, so I felt good about it. 

So, the major activities I have coming up are: the bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner and the wedding after party.  Ready to see what I will wear to each? 

First up, the bachelorette party:

This dress is by Shoshanna, and I got it at Neiman Marcus Last Call massively on sale.  It was originally $350, but I only paid $60.  I am in love.  I am pairing the dress with some red heels from Steve Madden.  Here’s a close up for the shoes:

Up next, the rehearsal dinner:

This dress I also got from Neiman Marcus Last Call and it’s by Cynthia Steffe, and again for a major discount.  It was originally $440, but I got it for $40.  I will pair this with the same red shoes.

Lastly, I have the wedding after party:

I got this dress from Nordstrom and it’s Phoebe Coutoure.   Sadly, it’s too big and I will need to get it altered.  I’m trying to hold it tight in the picture, hence the weird arm placement.   I will pair this with my something blue shoes (I just didn’t feel like putting them on).

So what do you think?  Do you think I got all the dresses right, or should I switch it around and pick a different dress for a different event?



Philosophy
March 18, 2010, 9:29 pm
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So, before the wedding I felt like my skin was fine, but I didn’t feel like it was all it could be.  This became especially evident when I went through my two makeup trials.  I typically wear very little makeup, but with the makeup trial I did the whole works and my pores were SO obvious.  I couldn’t believe it.  So, last weekend I decided to go into Sephora  to find something to  help minimize pores.   

I must have walked in with the look on my face that indicated I was going to buy a lot because everyone was very eager to help.  Well, I stumbled into the Philosophy section and I was ready to spend some cash.  I rubbed each and everyone one of the products on my hands, listened to the Sephora worker describe how each one would work and do wonders for my skin, and even managed to score several free samples. 

Before this memorable trip to Sephora, my skin regimen consisted of two products: Cetaphil cleanser and Jergens lotion. 

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I would wash my face twice a day (ok at least 5 times a week) and throw on some lotion. 

However, now the counter of my sink looks something like this:

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I bought the Miracle Worker Retinol pads and the Makeup Optional skin kit.  And, as you know, my mom bought me the Clarisonic brush for my birthday.  I’ve been using all of these together for about 4 days now and I have already noticed a difference.  However, my skin is peeling slightly in some spots, so I might cut back to using the retinol pads every other day.  I really hope that it will shrink my pores and make my skin beautiful. 

Have any of you tried new skin care regimen to get ready for the wedding?  What’s worked best?